Okay, let’s be honest. We all have a handful of social media accounts we follow, whether they are fitness gurus, instructors, models or fit celebs that keep our fit goal motivation strong.
The real question though, do these #fitspo accounts actually enhance our health + fitness motivation? Or are they doing more harm to our overall body image? Where do we draw the line between #fitspo + frustration? Are these images truly obtainable fit goals, or photo shopped versions of what we believe to be achievable?
Whatever the answer may be, in our day + age social media has become a big influence on our health + fitness. Social media has the ability to magnify your fit goals far beyond what you ever thought you could achieve — i.e. your #inCHAARG insta accounts have had a profound impact on many CHAARGies in our community.
On the other hand, social media can encourage unhealthy + dangerous lifestyles by trying to obtain fit goals that are unrealistic + unattainable. While social media may have the power to fail us — it also has the power to educate us + aid CHAARGies on their journey to their healthiest + happiest selves. Check out these four ways that put you #inCHAARG of your social media.
#1] SOCIAL MEDIA IS A CONSTANT STREAM OF INFORMATION
Joining private Facebook groups [i.e. the #CHAARGSBFP group, your chapter’s secret Facebook group, ETC.], engaging in Twitter chats + watching motivational seminars connects you with similar people with similar goals. You can receive updates from other people training for half-marathons//marathons, bikini competitions or just training to be their healthiest self, which can motivate you to train harder + offers information you may not have known. Seeing other people’s experiences, advice + information make you strive to be your very best.
#2] SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS YOU TO TECHNOLOGY THAT HELPS YOU TRACK YOUR HEALTH + FITNESS
MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, Nike+, HeadSpace all allow you to connect your health + fitness experience to those in your social circle, or not. You can share your progress on social media with these apps, or keep to yourself — it’s all dependent upon your desired level of social interaction. Inspiration is yours to make — a recent CNN article reports that “social features on fitness devices play three roles: They motivate people; the various interactions act as triggers for action; + sharing information + tips can increase ability.”
#3] SOCIAL MEDIA GIVES A VOICE TO ANYONE — *WATCH OUT FOR MISINFORMATION*
Anyone can start a blog about anything without having prior knowledge. Health forums make it easy for people to get online + chat about medical problems ++ you have no idea if they are a legitimate doctor, or not. Online *personal trainers* can claim they have a program that will create proven results, but they could be a 1st grade P.E. teacher with no background knowledge of adult health + fitness. Moral of the story — PLEASE be careful what information you absorb on social media. Make sure the information is credible, sourced wisely ++ always backed up! What one person suggests on the internet is not for everyone, so do your research!
#4] DON’T COMPARE YOUR BEHIND THE SCENES TO SOMEONE’S HIGHLIGHT REEL
I leave you with the most impactful piece of advice I have ever received about social media as it relates to health + fitness — *don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.* In other words, the #Fitspo accounts you follow on insta, twitter, + facebook are only portraying their *highlight reel* on social media. So, don’t compare the *behind the scenes//not always so glamorous* parts of your journey to someone else’s *best*.
We took a step further to ask CHAARG girls… Does social media enhance your health + fitness motivation? Why or why not?
+ Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg]//UC CHAARG